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Reprioritising needed to attack P

February 23, 2006

Reprioritising needed to attack P

Police need to reprioritise their drug policing towards P because of its harsh social consequences, Green Party Alcohol and Drugs Spokesperson Metiria Turei says.

Mrs Turei and Green Party Health Spokesperson Sue Kedgley met anti-P marchers at Parliament today to support their calls for better policies to tackle P, such as improved drug education in schools, something the Green Party has been advocating for many years.

"We also strongly support the call for intensive drug treatment in prisons and more places in rehabilitation centres, plus moves to encourage the police to reprioritise their drug policing towards P. Current drug treatment facilities and dedicated police resources are in no way keeping up with the problems caused by P, or alcohol for that matter," Mrs Turei says.

"P is a terrible drug, destroying many families after parents or teenagers have become addicted."

In 2004, after the Green Party lobbied for action on P, the Government agreed to more funding for community education and extra customs powers to tackle the bulk import of P ingredients ephedrine and pseudoephedrine.

"Clearly more was needed then," Mrs Turei says. "Not enough has yet been done."


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